Panelists and audience members participate in the South Big Data Hub roundtable on data analytics in environmental health both remotely and in person.
The South Big Data Hub Roundtable held on January 11 in Chapel Hill, NC, provided an open discussion forum with a focus on Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health.
Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, moderated the discussion, which included panelists Andy May, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University, Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State’s College of Public Health, David Peden, PhD, a distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Paul Kizakevich, PhD, a senior research engineer in the bioinformatics program at RTI International. Continue reading
On January 19, MetiStream hosted our meetup: The Washington DC Apache Spark Interactive and held a State of the Union Panel Discussion on Apache Spark Big Data Innovation. A fitting topic given the transition of power in Washington that happened the next day. We firmly believe that a consistent focus on big data powers innovation and keeps America strong and distinctive.Our technology meetups shepard this innovation by bringing the community together to learn and share knowledge, network, and find opportunities for our members. Yes, we may be a roomful of geeks…but this is what we do. This is fun for us! Continue reading
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The data science community and members of the South Big Data Hub should mark their calendars for the very first Southern Data Science Conference, to be held on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. The conference is expected to attract data science thought leaders from around the southeast and the nation and will feature speakers from innovative companies and research laboratories, such as Google, Microsoft, AT&T, NASA, Glassdoor and Groupon. Continue reading
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the South Big Data Hub will present Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health: Sensors, Algorithms, and Patients at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) from noon – 1:30. To attend in person, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are unable to attend in person are welcome to join virtually. Continue reading
Earning a college degree takes more than time and effort—it requires a significant financial investment. With college costs on the rise, how can a prospective student ensure he or she gets the best bang for their education bucks?
According to a report from Thrivent Mutual Funds highlighted in a recent edition of Forbes magazine, choosing a major that can translate into a data science career is one way to ensure that your career earning power will allow you to pay off those student loans quickly. The Thrivent Mutual Funds 100 Best Careers in America categorizes jobs by the amount of education needed to land a job in a field: an associate’s degree or certification, a four-year degree, or an advanced degree. Continue reading
Experian is soliciting input from the Big Data Innovation Hubs regarding our community’s data needs. To support academic research and new use cases that may involve industry, Experian has shared information on data sets they maintain, including the following:
If these data sets may be of use to your research and/or you would like more information, please send inquiries and comments to email@example.com and also cc firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnerships called “a major milestone for the data economy”
The four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs have been selected by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to enter into a Joint Venture Partnership. Once finalized, this partnership will provide opportunities for collaborations between the Big Data Hubs and NTIS to deliver groundbreaking data projects across federal agencies. Continue reading
Clarence White, PhD student at North Carolina A&T University
PyData Carolinas 2016 brought together hundreds of professionals, researchers and students interested in data analysis to discuss how best to apply Python tools to meet challenges in data management, processing, analytics and visualization. Among the attendees was Clarence White, one of two students from North Carolina A & T who was sponsored by the South Big Data Hub to attend. The Hub was also a silver sponsor of PyData Carolinas. Below are Clarence’s thoughts on the conference.
My name is Clarence White, a Ph.D. student in computational science and engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. In my research, I’m working on applying machine learning methods to bioinformatics problems. Some areas of interest to me have been beta lactamase and phosphorylation site prediction. Beta lactamase is one of the main reasons behind the development of antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria, and protein phosphorylation plays an important role in a wide range of cellular processes.
Ashok Goel of the Georgia Institute of Technology is principal investigator for one of the three research teams that will receive Spoke awards from the South Big Data Hub. (photo courtesy of Georgia Tech)
Awards part of $11 million in National Science Foundation Big Data Hub “Spoke” awards
Three research teams in the Southern U.S. will receive funding for projects designed to use data science and data analytics to address challenges related to healthcare, environmental sustainability, and updating and improving power grids. The funding will be awarded through the “Big Data Spokes” program of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Big Data Regional Innovation Hub initiative. Continue reading
Aziz Eram reflects on her DataStart experience.
Aziz Eram, a master’s student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock studying information quality, is one of six graduate students who participated in the South Big Data Hub’s DataStart Program. DataStart provides funding that allows talented graduate students to work as student fellows with startups who need data science talent. She served her summer fellowship with Black Oak Analytics in Little Rock. Below are her thoughts about the program.
My name is Aziz Eram and I had the opportunity to intern at Black Oak Analytics, a Little Rock data startup, through a DataStart Fellowship managed by the South Big Data Hub. I did not come to the program with any industry knowledge, but I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and statistics and also a master’s in applied mathematics. I was excited to be hired as an intern at Black Oak and to say that I have learned a lot in my internship is an understatement. I have grown tremendously, learning foundational data mining and data-driven marketing skills. Black Oak Analytics is a company that provides advanced solutions that allow organizations of any size to convert data into recommendations and actions designed to improve profitability, competitiveness, and customer satisfaction. Continue reading